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An elderly couple has been attacked on their farm near Ladysmith in KwaZulu-Natal, police said on Monday.
Captain Thulane Zwane said the 79-year-old farmer and his wife, 76, survived the assault by four men in their house.
Both were being treated in a local hospital.
Zwane said three firearms were stolen.
Agricultural union TAU SA said this was the 53rd farm attack in the country since the beginning of the year.
“It is high time for such crimes to be regarded as a priority,” spokesman Henk van de Graaf said. - Sapa